Post # 1
My boyfriend and I have been ring shopping for the past few weeks and we could use some suggestions on where to get a quality ring for a good price. I know about bluenile, but are there other good web sites or other stores I should look into. There are so many options out there! Thanks!! (and I’m so excited that I can almost "legitimately" read this website even though I’ve been stalking it for over a year now :)).
Post # 3
Try going on pricescope.com.
Post # 4
I think Mrs. Penguin said ice.com was a great site.
Post # 5
We purchased my ring from ascotdiamonds.com. If you look on the website, search under jewelry and then mountings to find the most inexpensive rings. We chose a mounting first and then had another company send the stone to them to be mounted. I think we avoided salestax and shipping b/c it was technically an online purchase even though we drove to GA to their showroom to look at the ring before my fiance paid for it.
Trust me – these folks are quality. The showroom was awesome, people were professional and gave us personal attention. They treated us like royalty and that meant a lot because we had a tiny budget compared to some of the rings that I saw on the website.
Also, they rotate the collection on a regular basis so chances are you won’t see someone with your ring on. They stopped making my design after we bought the ring. I fell in love with my ring at a local jeweler and he wanted b/n $12,000 – $15,000 (for the mounting and center stone). I got it there at a fraction of the cost! The mounting itself was so much cheaper and it is GORGEOUS with pave diamonds and a half eternity band. Prices on the website for mountings start at $1,000 for a simple solitaire setting.
If you search for my prior posts I included a photo of the finished ring. Best of luck.
P.S. I worked with Wanda and she was great! If you pm me I can give you her email address.
Post # 6
jamesallen.com offers similar styles, but a bit cheaper than bluenile
otherwise, abazias.com is good too
Post # 7
If you are looking for classic round, white diamonds, on line jewelers are great. However, if you are doing an alternative cut or color, it is essential to go in-person. Find a local jeweler who can order the various specialty cuts or colors in so that you can examine them for that star quality.
Post # 8
bluenile.com, no taxs and you can built your own ring w/ the diamond you want…and no tax!
Post # 9
I second doctorgirl, that if you want anything non-standard you are better off working with a local jeweler. We found that ours was competitive price-wise with the few online retailers who carried a setting anything like we wanted, and they knocked themselves out to get it exactly right for us. Whereas with an online retailer, you might be able to just return the ring, but I have no idea what your ability might be to get it reworked if you need just a little change.
Plus, now when I want the ring cleaned or replated or inspected, I take it right to the people who made it. And they gave us a nice discount on my Christmas present (whatever it is – although I have a good idea) as repeat customers.